After my one year blog challenge, I struggled with what I would do with this blog.
As most of you know, I started this blog as a challenge to myself to write everyday for an entire year. I started June 2008 and for one year I wrote something every single day, rain or shine, sick or healthy, at home or far away. I did that challenge for a few reasons; to see how it would feel to write continuously, to see if the process would help me improve my writing and eventually lead me to a new writing career and to create something that would memorialize my thoughts and life. The challenge was successful in that it accomplished a few of these things. I ended up writing much more than I would have without the challenge (every single day for an entire year was much harder than I had ever anticipated) and I created a book for my family that memorialized one year of my life and provided a good picture of who I am and how I see the world. I'm so grateful that I was able to give this gift to myself and my family. What it didn't do, however, was convince me that I was destined for a writing career.
After this goal ended, I wondered what my challenge would be for the next year (June 2009-2010). I tried a few things (knitting, painting, and my latest one...entertainment blogger!) but didn't stick to any of them and as the challenge vacuum grew so did my work responsibilities. So instead of creating a new goal, I concentrated more on my legal work and discipline for the next year. The decision was not a conscious one but I'm glad it turned out this way. I was able to improve my legal skills and learn a lot about what it takes and means to be a sole practitioner. But as the work volume, complexity and scope increased I started to question whether the work was what I ultimately wanted to do at this time in my life. After some consideration, I decided that the time away from my young children should be time I spend doing something I truly love so I a few weeks ago I quit my stay-at-home legal practice completely.
It was a very hard decision for several reasons, the people I was working with had become like family to me over the last nine years and letting go of that relationship meant not only letting go of some of those close ties but also of the opportunity I had been given by them to continue my legal career on a very flexible schedule and on my terms. I will forever be grateful to them for that.
Now that another year is upon me, I've decided to commit to a new challenge. I'm going to write again. And this time I will do it authentically and about something that is both extremely meaningful but also very difficult to write about and that is my long struggle and eventual peace with my culture and identity.
Just like the first challenge that I professed on this blog almost two years ago, I thought it would be fitting to share my next year challenge here. I will write my story and make every attempt possible to publish it by June 2011, the same month that I turn 40.
I plan on continuing to blog periodically mostly because of the wonderful friendships that I've gained through this medium and also because I love being part of this supportive and caring community.